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dfsny613 Aug 3, 2009 12:03 PM

My wife and I are heading down to Orlando next week and wanted to see if there was anything new kosherwise. We've been to Ole Gourmet many times, and will probably try Kosher Culinary this time as well. I know of Lower East Side (which has gotten mixed reviews hashgacha wise and food wise) and the kosher meals at Disney. Any newer options or other thoughts?

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    MartyB Aug 3, 2009 08:24 PM

    Check out http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/477775

    Was there in Jan, Kosher Culinary was a big disappointment.

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      dfsny613 Aug 5, 2009 09:38 AM

      Thanks - had seen the thread but wanted to see if there was something new. My wife and I will try Kosher Culinary since we don't want to live at Ole Gourmet. Have you been to the milichig or fleishig place in Ormond Beach?

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        moule Dec 22, 2010 04:48 PM

        The Ormond Beach place is great

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          dfsny613 Dec 23, 2010 04:55 AM

          Indeed it is. My wife and I ate there a bunch when we were down in October and November. Only problem is that it is an hr each way.

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      bay1 Oct 2, 2009 01:44 PM

      Did anybody find anything Kosher to buy at Universal Orlando (Universal Studios and/or Islands of Adventure) - fresh / packaged / snacks?

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        dfsny613 Oct 5, 2009 02:42 PM

        My wife and I did Universal and really ate nothing other than cokes, and did not see much to eat (though there may have been junk like candbars and whatnot that we missed). However, Kosher Culinary is only about a 5 minute drive away (straight down Universal Blvd) and you can go in and out of the park (including parking) all day.

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          bay1 Oct 11, 2009 06:33 PM

          We had a great experience at Kosher Culinary over Chol Hamoed. The steaks ($29) were delicious, as well as the steak & chicken sandwiches & fries.
          At Universal, we feasted on MM Ice cream sandwiches.

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            dfsny613 Oct 13, 2009 08:22 AM

            Glad you liked them. The one time we ate there the food was good, but very expensive and the ambience left a lot to be desired. Also, their website indicated they were open for lunch and when we went there the first time we found out they only opened for dinner.

      2. cherylp3 Oct 12, 2009 01:32 PM

        Cohen's Deli in Clermont is opening soon - Also I recently used lower east side for catering and did not have any problems food wise.

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          dfsny613 Oct 13, 2009 08:20 AM

          Do you have more info about the new deli - my wife and I are going back for Thanksgiving weekend.

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            cherylp3 Oct 13, 2009 09:28 AM

            Yes I do. Website is: http://cohensdeli.com/Cohens_Deli_Ope...
            supervision is Rabbi Yosef Konikov - they are listed under jewishorlando.com restaurant list as well.

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              flcedar Dec 27, 2009 05:45 PM

              Try this link for Cohen's Deli instead: www.cohensdeli.com They have a restaurant and butcher shop and meals to go. They are certified by Chabad and are close to Disney. Don't bother driving all the way north to Ole Gourmet or Amira's since they are both closed.

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                dfsny613 Dec 28, 2009 06:17 AM

                Thanks. We went in August when Cohens was not open yet and Ole was still Kosher. When we went back in November Cohens was unfortunately closed the day we needed them to be open - the Friday after Thanksgiving. Instead, my wife and I went to the kosher places in Ormond Beach where the food was great and we got good takeout for shabbos.
                We never went to Amira's because the hashgacha was not what we consider good (even though when it was open it was 5 minutes from my in-laws). Ole Gourmet was great because it was 10 minutes away from my in-laws and the food was terrific. Still annoyed that they closed.

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                  flcedar Dec 28, 2009 11:44 AM

                  Next time you're at your in-laws there is Kosher on Wheels that delivers to the Maitland JCC on Wednesdays between 3pm and 4pm. He parks in the lot near the tennis courts and has freezers full of kosher meat from South Florida as well as groceries. No meals, though. He is a Chabad guy from the Ormond Beach area and drives the state. He also sets up at Chabad on Lake Howell Road on Wednesdays, I believe from 5-6pm. Or, you can email Justin at Cohen's deli and he delivers to the Maitland JCC sometime on Friday afternoons. My sister emailed him Thursday night and he brought meat, chopped liver and a sandwich, too.

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                    moule Dec 22, 2010 04:49 PM

                    unfortunately that has been discontinued

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                      cherylp3 Dec 22, 2010 08:34 PM

                      There are options for delivery and pick up in the Maitland area.
                      1] Justin from Cohens Deli delivers meat to the JCC in Maitland
                      ( you need to order in advance)

                      2] You can order with Joel's in Tampa and they will pick up at Ohev Shalom

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          meems Dec 29, 2009 03:14 AM

          The kosher options in the parks was actually totally adequate for at least the one meal a day we ate them. we had some kind of corned beef sandwich, chicken nuggets, burger. Each had tater tot type potatoes on the side. Totally edible and filling, if a bit expensive. But not unexpected considering the convenience of getting it heated up for us in the parks.

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            momrn Dec 29, 2009 04:33 AM

            Was this in Disney or Universal?It sounds like Disney's menu.I'm interested in knowing if Universal has kosher food in the park.

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              meems Dec 29, 2009 05:04 AM

              Not in Universal. Just the three main Disney parks. I don't remember much of anything kosher in Universal.

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                mrotmd Dec 30, 2009 01:06 PM

                People often do not realize that there is more than parks in Orlando. My son goes to UCF (University of Central Florida) and they had a kosher stand in the students food court. It lasted kosher for probably not even a semester... So thanks to Rabbi Lipsker the students can have a great kosher meal at least every Shabbos and Yom Tov. If you are visiting Orlando, consider joining the students for a Shabbat dinner and hopefully suppport the Chabad House there.

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